In today's economy, custom truck enthusiasts are holding onto their vehicles longer. Even a high-mileage '98 Tahoe daily driver deserves a second chance. It is amazing what some minor bodywork, paint, and polish action can do. Helping you see just how easy it is to makeover a 10-year-old truck, we went to work making a beat truck look new again. To raise the visual impact bar even higher, we bolted on new front and rear bumpers, grille, headlights, parking lights, side markers, and taillights. It took years off of our older ride. This is how we did it.
Body and Paint
We contacted the folks at Summit Racing, who are known for their enormous performance racing parts mail-order business. Because they are always looking to provide new quality products for the performance consumer, Summit Racing has recently introduced a new custom paint and auto refinishing system. The product line includes prep fillers, 2K Urethane and epoxy primers, pre-paint surface washes, paint activators, reducers, a rainbow of Universal Urethane colors, and clearcoats.
Rick Sepulveda and his team at Anaheim Prestige Custom Paint in Anaheim, California, were willing to take on the Tahoe makeover. The Summit Racing auto refinishing products we will be using on the Tahoe are: Evercoat Rage body filler, epoxy primer, activator, reducer, surface wash, urethane pure white, omaha orange, and urethane clear topcoat. After removing the front bumper, grille, lights, rear bumper roof rack, taillights, side mirrors, and weather striping, it was time to correct any body imperfections to regain the Tahoe's original shape and flawless complexion.
After a fresh color change to your truck or SUV, the best way to complete the entire body and paint package is to replace the original and typically damaged or abused front bumper, grille, side markers, headlights, parking lights, rear bumper, and taillight covers with new parts. We contacted Long Motor Corporation (LMC) in Lenexa, Kansas, who is one of the world's leading truck and SUV accessory suppliers specializing in everything from exterior body panels, bumpers, grilles, lights, and interior components for both early and late-model Chevy, GMC, Dodge, and Ford trucks.
LMC trucks products were a major contributor to the Tahoe makeover. The front features an LMC chrome grille, crystalline headlights, crystalline parking lights, side markers, front bumper with round fog lights, and lower air deflector. The rear received a new step bumper with top pads and smoked taillight covers. It's amazing how simple cosmetic changes can erase a decade of miles. LMC components will provide you a new look for your old rust bucket.
This '98 Tahoe has weathered fairly well over a decade of exposure to the sun, wind and ra
Prior to bodywork and paint, Juan of Anaheim Prestige Auto Body, removed all of the essent
Ron began massaging the front fenders and other body panels with a DA. Knocking down the h
Summit Racing has introduced a new automotive resurfacing product line. Beginning with epo
Evercoat Rage is a superior lightweight body filler resin. Rage has incredible spreading a
Ron Geriego applied a thin layer of Evercoat Rage lightweight body filler onto the fender.
After allowing cure time, Ron used a radius sanding tool to sand and smooth the concave se
Following the completion of minor bodywork filling and sanding, the Tahoe was pushed into
Jeremiah Castanede mixed and poured the Summit Racing epoxy primer (Gray) into his primer
Jeremiah applied the Summit Racing epoxy primer using long, flowing and even strokes. The
Following the primer coat, Jeremiah used 400 grit, wet/dry, sandpaper and water while he w
Before the surface was painted, Ron wiped down the entire body surfaces using Summit Racin
Anaheim Prestige "Paint Master", Rick Sepulveda mixed the Summit Racing Omaha Orange acryl
After filling his IWATA 3000 paint gun, Rick covered the top portion with Summit Racing Om
Giving the Omaha Orange time to cure, Rick began to tape and mask off the top portion of t
The Summit Racing urethane activator simplifies the mixing process using a 4:1 mixing rati
After a first coat of Summit Racing Pure White, Rick loaded up his Iwata 3000 paint gun ag
After taping and masking off, Rick used his Iwata Revolution HP-CR Airbrush to apply the H
With the House of Kolor paint still tacky, Rick carefully removed the striping tape.
After the Summit Racing Omaha Orange, Pure White and House of Kolor Lime Green were applie
Rick mixed his final Summit Racing H/S Urethane Clearcoat.
Rick applied the final coats of Summit Racing H/S urethane clearcoat to achieve that high
Miguel Martinez used a DA sander to scuff the entire Tahoe surface in preparation for the
Using a DeWalt electric polisher with the X-3 cutting polish would complete the Summit Rac
Miguel made the final passes with the DeWalt electric polisher using the X-3 Cutting Polis
LMC was our choice for the Tahoe makeover. LMC parts were high quality with good fitment a
After attaching the air deflector PN39-7400 to the front chrome bumper PN39-9809 with roun
The factory headlights were replaced with crystal clear headlights PN37-3337.
After mounting the parking LED crystal clear lights PN37-7459 into the chrome/gray grille
The LMC front grille, gold Bow Tie, headlights, LED parking lights, front bumper with roun
After installing the bumper step pad PN31-3330 and center step pad PN31-3337, Terry and Be
The factory taillights were reinstalled.
After installing the factory taillights, the LMC smoked taillight covers PN38-0891 were te
Oh yeah! Check back for a future issue where we lower the new Tahoe with new wheels and t
What a difference new paint and chrome can make.
From the Driver Seat
The team at Anaheim Prestige Body and Paint had nothing but positive comments from the body and paint specialists that worked with the new Summit Racing automotive refinishing system. The Summit epoxy primer sprayed evenly, built up well, cured quickly, and was easy to sand. The Summit acrylic urethane Omaha Orange and Pure White color coats covered very well, leaving no blemishes or streaks. The Summit Racing clearcoat went on heavy without running and cured quick and hard.
The LMC Truck exterior components were major contributors to the Tahoe's body makeover. The superior quality and fitment of the LMC exterior components gave the Tahoe a complete updated transformation.
Your Questions Answered
Time Spent Working
Body and Paint: 2 Weeks
LMC Accessories: 4 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty
Body and Paint: Professional
LMC components: Beginner
Body and Paint: SATA Jet 3000 paint gun, IWATA Revolution HP-CR airbrush, paint booth, DA sander, DeWalt electric buffer, assorted sand paper, sanding blocks, dent puller and MIG welder, LMC Accessories: Assorted metric, standard wrenches, and sockets, wire stripers/crimpers.
Summit Evercoat Rage Body Filler MDS-SE106 $34.95
Summit Epoxy Primer (gray) SUM-UP230 gal.$49.95
Summit Epoxy Catalyst SUM-UP231 gal.$39.95
Summit Surface Wash SUM-UP403 qrt.$9.95
Summit Pure White SUM-UP301 gal.$79.95
Summit Omaha Orange SUM-UP306 gal.$79.95
Summit Zero-VOC Reducer SUM-UP405 qrt.$9.95
Summit Urethane Activator SUM-UP101 qrt.$19.95
Summit Urethane Clearcoat SUM-UP200 gal.$59.95
House of Kolor Lime Green Lime Green $24.87
Total Cost: $419.42
LMC Long Motor Corp.
Rear Bumper Chrome Bumper PN38-9774 $299.95
Pad Rear Bumper PN31-3330 $49.95
Step Pad Rear Bumper PN31-3337 $19.95
Smoked Taillight Covers PN38-0981 $39.95
Front Bumper with Round Foglights PN39-9809 $299.95
Light Wiring Kit w/Switch A/R PN38-1275 $12.95
Front Bumper Air Deflector PN39-7400 $29.95
Crystalline Headlights PN37-7350 $149.95
Crystalline LED Parking Light PN37-7459 $159.95
Crystalline Amber Side Markers PN37-7419 $49.95
Chrome Grille PN39-4062 $399.95
Grille Bow Tie (Gold) PN39-3404 $29.95